Professor Datuk Dr Yahaya bin Ibrahim

PROFESSOR DATUK DR. YAHAYA IBRAHIM currently serves as a Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, National University of Malaysia. He is a former Professor and Vice Chancellor of Sultan Zainal Abidin University, Terengganu, Malaysia.

He was born in Kampung Pantai Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia in 1962. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Urban and Regional Planning. He then pursued his Master’s studies at the University of Malaya. In 2016, he was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship for Research Training Program for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, UK. He holds three degrees in three different fields: Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Sociology, and Doctor of Philosophy specializing in Development Studies.

He began his career as an executive in the corporate sector in Kuala Lumpur. From 1992 until mid-2008, he was an academician and professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia, Bangi. During his tenure at UKM, he was also appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UKM Pakarunding Sdn Bhd, a consulting company owned by the National University of Malaysia. At the same time, he held positions as the President of the Academic Staff Union. He is also a founding member and member of the National Professors Council since 2009.

In 2009, he was appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, and later served as the Vice Chancellor of Sultan Zainal Abidin University, Terengganu from January 2013 to December 2016. In 2017, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Asia-e-University in Kuala Lumpur.

In addition to teaching, he is also a mentor and examiner for local and international Master’s and PhD students. He is actively involved in research in Malaysia and ASEAN countries. He has presented papers at over 100 conferences, both nationally and internationally (including England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Portugal, France, Greece, South Africa, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and others). His writings have been published in academic journals (national and international) and academic books at the university level and have also contributed to local newspapers.

In early 2009, he was awarded as a Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Asia Pacific University and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. In 2018, he was invited as a visiting professor at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. With his expertise, he is often invited to deliver keynote speeches at several international conferences. He has also been recognized by the World Tourism Organization, United Nations, Asia Pacific chapter, as an expert in the Asia Pacific tourism sector.

His wife, Professor Datin Dr. Norsiah Ahmad, is also a professor in the Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, Sultan Zainal Abidin University, Terengganu.